We've rounded up the best side dishes to complete your Labor Day feast, including baked beans, grilled veggies, pasta salads, and more!
Broccoli, Grape, and Pasta SaladIf you're a broccoli salad fan, you'll love the combination of these colorful ingredients.
Barbecue Mac and CheeseThis flavor twist on mac and cheese is perfect for your Labor Day celebration.
Oaxacan-Style Grilled Corn on the CobUsing Mexican creme instead of sour cream gives this grilled corn on the cob a slightly tangier taste.
Grilled Potato SaladPicnic-friendly grilled potato salad is a fun, tasty twist on this traditional summer side dish recipe. Grilling the potatoes gives the dish a smoky flavor while the simple 3-ingredient dressing adds a tangy note. Serve warm with barbecued pork, grilled chicken, or juicy steaks.
Smoky "Baked" Beans
This global mash-up of a summer classic borrows the ideas of red lentils and maple syrup from celebrated Montreal restaurant Joe Beef and replaces the standard chili sauce with Korean gochujang for a bit of "what is that flavor?" flair.
Grilled Mexican Corn SaladThis gorgeous corn dish is an off-the-cob play on a popular Mexican street dish.
Summer Squash CasseroleAs the most versatile Southern side dish, you can pair Summer Squash Casserole will just about anything.
Farmers' Market Pasta Salad
Cook the pasta al dente (1 or 2 minutes shorter than package directions specify) so it holds its shape when tossed with the vegetables and vinaigrette. Ripe for riffs, the salad is also delicious with cheese-filled tortellini.
Classic American Potato SaladSay "potato salad," and this classic recipe comes to mind: chunks of tender potato and plenty of chopped hard-cooked eggs, lightly coated with a tangy mayonnaise dressing full of crunchy red onion, celery, and pickles. Serve it alongside grilled meat for a warm-weather meal.
Blazin' Baked Beans
Chipotle chiles in adobo sauce add smoky-hot depth to these easy-to-make baked beans.
Grilled Sweet Potato and Bell Pepper Toss
Cut the red bell peppers from top to bottom into four panels; then simply discard the core. The wide pepper pieces will take on more char and be easier to maneuver on the grill.
Creamy Potato Salad with Bacon
Take classic potato salad up a notch by using red new potatoes and sprinkling the dish with parsley, tarragon and bacon before serving.
Grilled Summer Veggie SuccotashDon’t let the meat eaters dominate—veggies deserve a front row on the grill. Lightly coat vegetables with oil; they tend to stick to grill grates. if you don’t have a grill pan, cut pieces in half lengthwise, so they’re less likely to drop into the flames.
Southern Pimiento Mac and CheesePair this extra-cheesy pasta dish with your favorite grilled meat for a delicious Labor Day meal.
Cola Baked BeansAdding cola to the brown sugar and molasses is the secret to the complex sweetness of these bacon-accented beans.
Grilled Jalapeño-Lime Corn on the CobAdd south-of-the-border flavor to buttery grilled corn with jalapeño peppers, cilantro and lime juice.
Strawberry-Tomato SaladLook for mini multicolored tomatoes at the supermarket. Toss them with strawberries for a surprising combo to serve with grilled salmon, chicken, or pork.
Fruit Salad with Lemon-Honey DressingThis colorful fruit salad is tossed in a sweet-tart dressing made from lemon juice, honey, Dijon mustard, salt, and pepper.
Creamy Lime SlawAdd more zesty, fresh flavor to creamy slaw with lime juice, lime zest and cilantro.
Summer Grilled Peach SaladGorgonzola cheese gets gooey and delicious melted over the grilled peaches in this amazing summer salad recipe. There's a perfect balance of salty and sweet goodness.
Corn on the Cob with Smoky Red Pepper Mayo and BasilTop grilled corn on the cob with a smoky red pepper mayo for a flavorful side dish.
Grandma Gwen's BeansThis award-winning baked bean recipe features four types of canned beans baked in a mixture of brown sugar, mustard, vinegar and bacon.
Fire-Roasted Vegetable SaladThis vegetable salad is infused with a smoky flavor making it the perfect side for any grilled meat or fish.
Penne with Green Beans and TomatoesYou can prepare this colorful pasta dish in advance and let it chill in the refrigerator before serving at your Labor Day gathering.
Sautéed Squash and TomatoesCombine two kinds of summer squash—yellow squash and zucchini—with tomatoes, onion, fresh herbs and bacon for a savory side dish.
Baked Zucchini ChipsServe these crispy baked chips as a side or an app.
Grilled Stuffed Portobello Mushrooms
These giant portobello mushrooms are stuffed with some incredibly tasty ingredients like cheese, tomatoes, and fresh herbs, and are then grilled to absolute perfection. This recipe works well as an appetizer or even as an impressive side dish. In the store, look for portobello mushrooms that have a clean exterior and aren't bruised on the caps. Also, because you're stuffing them, look for mushrooms with small stems that will be easier to remove.